Video Episodes on Channels from Instagram Creators
IGTV is a platform from the folks at Instagram. However, instead of individual posts or Instagram Stories, which combine still images and short video clips, IGTV hosts longer videos, usually centered around one topic. The videos are more like episodes; they are not necessarily specific to something that happened just in one moment in the way Stories are. Educators can create a short vertical video that is up to 10 minutes long and upload it to their IGTV channel right from their phone. Users can access IGTV channels created by the accounts they follow right from Instagram. Alternatively, they can download the separate IGTV app for iOS or Android, where they can access all of the videos from people they follow.
A year ago, I boarded an airplane and took my window seat next to a middle school girl and her mom. We were about to take off and travel the length of the country when I heard delighted laughter coming from my row mates. Of course, I wanted to know what was so funny, so I listened a little closer, which is not hard when you are seated on a crowded airplane.
Founded in 2008, the News Literacy Project (NLP) helps students and teachers discern fact from fiction in the digital age. In May 2016, the project launched Checkology, an online interactive course that helps students understand and appreciate the role of the press, introduces them to different types of news—from entertainment to opinion to branded content—and teaches them the critical thinking skills they’ll need to spot misinformation.
NaTakallam (Arabic for “we speak”) connects displaced persons with learners all over the world who want to practice their language skills or find out more about a different culture, and then compensates them for their work. NaTakallam was founded in 2015 when a Lebanese American graduate student at Columbia University was struggling to find someone with whom she could practice her conversational Arabic.